Playing with the “Grands”

Singing Carols

Singing Carols

We started our day yesterday on this fine holiday visit singing Christmas carols at the piano.  Little Toto doesn’t seem too sure about the noise coming from the piano but we all enjoyed singing and playing some old favorites.

Purple Chicken Time

Purple Chicken Time

Then it was time to do some playing while the menfolk worked on putting an epoxy finish on the floor in the unfinished half of the basement.  Luke has had lots of fun playing pranks with “purple chicken.”  He also likes to run around with no socks and one pant leg rolled up.  I don’t have any idea why he prefers this mode of dress but there you have it.

Luke the Grump

Luke the Grump

Later, after supper, the children were playing in the bedroom where they are sleeping and I heard lots of grunting and huffing coming down the hallway.  Soon little Luke appeared dragging this huge pile of blankets and clothes.  When I asked him what it was, he told me but I couldn’t understand him.  I thought he said it was a “green tree.”

“Oh, are you a Christmas tree?” I asked.

“Noooooooooo!” he cried, throwing all of his things onto the ground.  Then he gathered them all up with much difficulty and started to move them to another part of the room.

“Do you want Nana to help you, Luke?” I asked.

“Nooooooooo!” he shouted, dumping them all on the floor again.  Then he gathered them all up again and started struggling to move them to another part of the room.

“So what are you again,” I asked.

He told me.  “A green bee?” I guessed.

“Noooooooooo!”  and he repeated the dumping and picking back up procedure all over again.

Finally, in desperation, I asked his sister, “What is he saying?”

“It’s his CLEAN PILE,” his sister informed me.

Oooooh!  Well, I guess it wasn’t very clean by this point.

Make a highway!

Make a highway!

I distracted him by sticking my feet out and telling him it was a highway.  He grabbed his cars and his sister grabbed some cars and they came running over.  Soon the highway was experiencing earthquakes and collapses and they were having all sorts of fun.

Go over the bridge!

Go over the bridge!

That entertained them for a good half hour and it gave my abdominal muscles a good work-out.

Swinging Time

Swinging Time

Then Luke decided to leave the cars behind and use the “road” as a swing while his sister used his head as a road.

At some point, that annoyed the little guy and he grabbed his “clean pile”, again with much difficulty, and slowly disappeared back down the hall with more huffing and puffing.

It must have worn them both out because they went to sleep pretty quickly and Nana and their daddy did some laundry, which may or may not appear in another “clean pile” in the days ahead.

I’m sure glad that I didn’t waste too much time cleaning the house before everyone arrived.  As you can tell from the pictures, it would have been for naught.  But the memories and fun on this visit is much more important.

 

 

 

 

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